Ofgem has launched a consultation on the initial proposals for the first two HVDC links for the UK’s east coast. The links would deliver an underwater energy super-highway that could see the North Sea become the hidden power house of Europe, it said. Ofgem has stated there is a clear benefit to consumers to progressing with plans for the links, recognising the crucial role they play in supporting the growth of renewables and reaching the UK’s climate change targets. The multi-billion-pound project could significantly increase the UK’s capacity for renewable power and be capable of transmitting enough electricity across the two links for around four million homes. Work to progress each of the 2GW links will now split into two projects. SP Energy Networks, together with National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) are working on plans to deliver the Torness to Hawthorn Pit Link, while SSEN Transmission and NGET progress with plans for the Peterhead to Selby Link.
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